When I ran across this quote (I don’t remember where I read it though!) I immediately thought of all of my Project 365 pictures. Taking photos each day has taught me that although life can be stressed and crazy, I have a lot of blessings in my life and that’s exactly what this week’s quote is about!

“In the plain, everydayness of our lives, a million little blessings await us.”
– Barb Johnson


Since it’s December 1st and we are in the slide towards Christmas (yikes, I have almost nothing bought yet!) I thought I’d post a quote to remind us of the spirit of the holiday season.

1114040_christmas_gifts“As long as you are giving, you will be receiving.”
~ Deepak Chopra

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Although Noah doesn’t have autism, I found myself nodding in agreement at much of this poem which a parent shared in an email group for parents of kiddos with special needs that I belong to.A Walk in My Shoes
by C. Waeltermann, 2007 

Twas the Night Before Christmas
And all through the house
The creatures were stirring
Yes, even the mouse

We tried melatonin
And gave a hot bath
But the holiday jitters
They always distract

The children were finally
All nestled in bed
When nightmares of terror
Ran through my OWN head 
Did I get the right gift
The right color
And style
Would there be a tantrum
Or even, maybe, a smile? 

Our relatives come
But they don’t understand
The pleasure he gets
Just from flapping his hands. 

“He needs discipline,” they say
“Just a well-needed smack
You must learn to parent..”
And on goes the attack 

We smile and nod
Because we know deep inside
The argument is moot
Let them all take a side 

We know what it’s like
To live with the spectrum
The struggles and triumphs
Achievements, regressions.. 

But what they don’t know
And what they don’t see
Is the joy that we feel
Over simplicity 

He said “hello”
He ate something green!
He told his first lie!
He did not cause a scene! 

He peed on the potty
Who cares if he’s ten,
He stopped saying the same thing
Again and again! 

Others don’t realize
Just how we can cope
How we bravely we hang on
At the end of our rope 

But what they don’t see
Is the joy we can’t hide
When our children with autism
Make the tiniest stride 

We may look at others
Without the problems we face
With jealousy, hatred
Or even distaste, 
But what they don’t know
Nor sometimes do we
Is that children with autism
Bring simplicity. 

We don’t get excited
Over expensive things
We jump for joy
With the progress work brings 

Children with autism
Try hard every day
That they make us proud
More than words can say. 

They work eve! n harder
Than you or I
To achieve something small
To reach a star in the sky 

So to those who don’t get it
Or can’t get a clue
Take a walk in my shoes
And I’ll assure you. 

That even 10 minutes
Into the walk
You’ll look at me
With the respect, even shock. 

You will realize
What it is I go through
And the next time you judge
I can assure you
That you won’t say a thing
You’ll be quiet and learn,
Like the years that I did
When the tables were turned.